Teeth play an important role in making a person look good (bad) depending on their arrangement, space between teeth, color and shape of the gums. Those who do not have a good appearance of your teeth can go for dental veneers.
Dental veneers are the thin tooth colored shells designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and it also protects the teeth from damages.
Types of dental veneers
Dental veneers to be used for each individual depends on the purpose, cost and affordability. Following are their types.
These veneers can be removed whenever you want. You can use them at homes. They do not contain any adhesives and are available in market.
Porcelain veneers are made up of porcelain. These are applied on the surface of the front teeth by scratching the enamel on the surface of teeth. These are most commonly used in cases of yellowing, discoloration and spaces between the teeth.
Composite veneers are made up of thin layers of resin. These are look like natural teeth. These are used to correct the shape of teeth, fractures. These are inexpensive. However, the color of these veneers may fade on time.
Lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers. They are less thinner than porcelain veneers. Lumineers does not require any cutting or filling of teeth.
These are similar to lumineers but these are very thin and are long lasting.
MAC veneers are made up of ceramic material. These are useful in case the teeth are not arranged correctly.
Palatal veneers are made up of gold and are used to improve appearance on palatal side of the upper teeth.
Steps involved in wearing of veneers
- First, the dentist examines the teeth of the patient by taking X-rays.
- local anesthesia is given to anesthetize the area, if necessary.
- The dentist scratches the enamel from the surface of the tooth. The thickness of enamel scratched should be equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added.
- Then, the impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to laboratory to prepare veneer.
- Once the veneer is prepared, it is placed over the scratched tooth and examines whether the color and the thickness of the veneer is fitted or not.
- The tooth is cleaned and polished.
- Bonding of the veneer is done by passing a beam of laser to the applied veneer.
- Finally the excess veneer is removed and make any adjustments necessary.
Purpose of dental veneers
Dental veneers are used to
- Correct the chipped and cracked teeth
- Adjust the gap between the teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth
Advantages of dental veneers
- Durable and long lasting
- No preparation of tooth is required
- Quick recovery
- Resistant to stains
- Veneers are resistant to cold and hot.
Disadvantages of dental veneers
- Wearing Veneers is expensive.
- They may get dislodged while biting hard materials.
- Veneers may discolor over time.
- Alteration in natural teeth for wearing veneers